local weather anchor Julie Durda this morning, the neighbors that were mocking me this past weekend for doing maintenance on my ark will not be laughing by tomorrow night! (If you don't get it, pick up a copy of Genesis). Anyway, it's raining. And my flood insurance policy was just renewed on time. Thanks for asking.
Tonight I'm drinking The Poet Oatmeal Stout brewed by New Holland Brewing in Holland, Michigan. This might be the last one to come back from my Pittsburgh trip last month. The label depicts an angry raven on a branch in front of a bright full moon. I'm guessing you're supposed to be thinking back to high school literature class and Edgar Allen Poe's classic poem.
Chocolate aroma. Oh and roasted honey if that makes any sense, like a kid's cereal. The flavors start off a little more bitter than I was expecting. Roasted and slightly burnt bitter chocolate are pretty much the prevailing flavors from start to finish. The beer does seem to sweeten and show a little more caramel character after it warms up a bit, and for me that was a big plus. Creamy texture but not particularly smooth as there is a hoppy bite as this one goes down. If you love that roasty malt flavor in your beer, this one's for you. You will get that no matter what, but my suggestion is to let this one sit around for between 10 and 15 minutes, depending if you live in Canada or Hell. Pretty solid beer. Check it out! The End.
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